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    What are the Fairtrade Standards?

    15 August 2019 by Stefan Donnelly

    When you buy a Fairtrade product, you expect the farmers and workers who produced it to have received a fair price. But did you know about the list of requirements, called the Fairtrade Standards, covering workers’ rights, environmental protection, gender and transparency, that also have to be met?

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  • Dolores Anorés Domingo, Organización ASOBAGRI Guatemala

    How coffee farming is supporting the indigenous population of Guatemala

    8 August 2019 by Josefin Nordahl

    In Guatemala, indigenous people make up around 40% of the population, most of whom are of Mayan descent. 

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    10 Fairtrade Products for Summer 2019

    18 July 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Your guide to the hottest Fairtrade products to try this summer.

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    Top 10 Facts about Fairtrade gold

    17 July 2019 by David Finlay

    Across cultures and throughout history, people have coveted gold, using the precious metal for jewellery, money and technology. How much do you know about gold mining and its star-spangled origins?

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    How ecotourism is helping Fairtrade farmers diversify their income

    11 July 2019 by Sophie Long

    In the current climate crisis, it is more important than ever that, as global citizens, we take as many steps as possible to travel responsibly, stay educated about world issues in the countries we choose to visit and that we ensure our adventures support the local communities and the environment. What better way to understand these realities than to learn from the locals and travel with purpose?

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  • Cocoa farmers

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    6 July 2019 by Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards and Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Put simply, this means that when people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person were to work on their own.

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  • Fairtrade coffee farmer

    There is only one way out of the global coffee crisis... Pay more.

    2 July 2019 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International and Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

    The global coffee industry is facing an unprecedented price crisis which not only threatens our daily cup of the black stuff but also - far more importantly - jeopardises the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. 

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    Fairtrade Summer Picnic Food Ideas

    28 June 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    It’s picnic season! Whether you are picnicking in the park, in your garden, or (going by the weather in the UK so far this summer) in your living room – we’ve pulled together a list of some great Fairtrade options to pack into your picnic hamper.

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    Climate crisis: Fairtrade farmers speak out

    24 June 2019 by Stefan Donnelly

    The climate crisis is already badly affecting global food production. Fairtrade farmers like Ebrottié in Côte d'Ivoire, Zeddy in Kenya and Theresa in Nicaragua, suffer the effects, leaving them working longer, for less, and damaging their community.

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    Where next for the PM’s legacy on Modern Slavery?

    13 June 2019 by Helen Dennis

    Speaking at the centenary conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 11 June 2019, Theresa May issued a call to “ordinary shoppers… to vote with their wallets… to shun those companies that do not make the ethical grade”. 

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  • School funded by Fairtrade Premium in Côte d'Ivoire

    100 years on: will we finally bring an end to child labour?

    12 June 2019 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    In 2019, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is celebrating its centenary year. From the beginning, protecting children from labour exploitation has been a core part of their work. While progress has been made since 1919, 152 million children are still in child labour. Of these, 70 percent are working in agriculture.

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  • Father's Day gifts 2019

    Top 8 Fairtrade Gifts for Father's Day

    4 June 2019 by Bethan Bottomley

    Fairtrade helps fathers in developing countries support their families by securing a fair price for farmers and workers. 

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    Worried about wildlife? Sustainable agriculture could be the answer.

    22 May 2019 by Marika McAlevey, Fairtrade Sweden

    Earth's species are dying out faster than ever before, according to a new UN report. It’s clearly a global crisis - but it also directly affects us in our own local environment. We have to find a way to halt this catastrophic crisis in nature, and sustainable agriculture could provide the answer.

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  • Herburg Roses Ethiopia - Ayalnesh Tesfaye

    Fairtrade flowers help empower women in Ethiopia

    21 May 2019 by Anna Barker

    As summer arrives in the UK, inspiring gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts across the country, Fairtrade’s Flower Manager Anna Barker speaks to some of the Ethiopian workers who provide us with year round blooms.

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    European Elections: Make your vote count

    14 May 2019 by Helen Dennis

    With the UK’s participation in European Parliamentary elections now confirmed for 23rd May, many are treating the vote as a quasi-second referendum on Brexit. Debate is focused on the extent to which different political parties and their candidates are pro- or anti- Brexit, but with very little discussion on what any of them would actually do in the European Parliament.

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    Shoppers are demanding sustainable options - are companies getting on board?

    8 May 2019 by Kelly Hawrylyshyn

    More and more of us are expressing our values through our everyday shopping. We increasingly demand more information about what goes into our food and other purchases, where they come from and how they are made.

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  • Jackline Matei inspects roses at the Fairtrade certified Mount Meru flower farm, Tanzania ©  Fairtrade Austria / Georges Desrues

    First steps towards decent wages for flower workers in Tanzania

    1 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The foothills of the beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania are an unlikely setting for a quiet revolution in workers’ rights. 

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  • Making clothes inside a factory at Loocust Incorp Apparel Export, India

    When will fashion brands pay workers a living wage

    26 April 2019 by Subindu Garkhel

    Over the last few years we’ve seen more people asking ‘Who Made My Clothes’ and with increased pressure from the consumer and civil society, it’s not a surprise that there is more investigation into the wages of garment workers in factories, and those who grow the raw products, like cotton. But has there been much action?

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    Why You Should Care About Sustainable Fashion

    24 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Only a tiny percentage of the money we pay for clothes ends up in the hands of those who made them. The fashion industry is notorious for exploiting it’s garment workers and cotton farmers who are often left invisible at the end of a long and complex supply chain.

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  • Cocoa farmer in Ivory Coast

    Competition Law Fears - The Hidden Barrier to Living Income

    22 April 2019 by David Taylor

    We report on a recent Fairtrade roundtable where business, academia and NGOs met to debate whether competition law is blocking progress towards a living income for cocoa farmers.

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